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MARVEL
Captain Britain and MI:13 #9 - Paul Cornell and Leonard Kirk. Still the best thing to come out of Secret Invasion. I'd say it was the only good thing, but the next title is pretty nice, too.

Deadpool #6 - Daniel Way + Paco Medina. Deadpool has never been crazier, and so far it's still pretty damn amusing.

House of M: Civil War #5 of 5 - Christos N. Gage + Andrea DiVito. Don't let the crappy cover by Mike Perkins fool you, the art inside is pretty good. Mike Perkins is usually good, too, so I don't know what happened. I guess everyone figured it was the final issue of a mini-series and it didn't matter what the cover looked like. Anyway, Magneto takes over, surprise, surprise, but, thankfully, he isn't blind to the fact that thinks aren't perfect. Too bad Bendis didn't have any of that in the original House of M mini-series.

Nova: The Origin of Richard Rider - Dan Abnett/Andy Lanning and Geraldo Borges provide a framing sequence around Nova #1 by Marv Wolfman and John Buscema, and Nova #4 by Wolfman + Sal Buscema. The classic stories don't inspire me to run out and pick up The Essential Nova because, well, they are full of the cheese-tastic seventies, but it is nice to see how far the character has come.

Punisher: War Zone #5 of 6 - Garth Ennis + Steve Dillon. A little bit o' violence and a lot of talking, but still tons of fun.

X-Infernus #2 of 4 - C.B. Cebulski + Giuseppe Camuncoli. Old-school style X-Men versus Hell action, and I like it.

X-Men and Spider-Man #3 of 4 - Christos N. Gage + Mario Alberti. The 90s X-Men meet the Ben Reilly Spider-Man and Carnage. Fighting commences.

DC
Booster Gold #16 - Dan Jurgens. Booster finds himself in World War One, in the sights of Enemy Ace. The series is still going strong.

Final Crisis #6 of 7 - Grant Morrison + JG Jones/Marco Rudy/Carlos Pacheco/Jesus Merino/etc. One word: sucktastic. Seriously, this whole Final Crisis thing is a mess and the death of Batman was just FREAKIN' STUPID. I had a passing thought about putting my feelings all together in a piece once Final Crisis was over, but then I realized that I am full of not caring.

Green Lantern Corps #32 - Peter J Tomasi + Patrick Gleason. Another fantastic issue.

IDW PRESS
G.I.Joe #1 - Chuck Dixon + Robert Atkins. A very promising start to the G.I.Joe reboot.

Transformers (Revenge of the Fallen Movie Prequel): Alliance #2 of 4 - Chris Mowry + Alex Milne. Like most of the movie related stuff, it's so-so. Really, really average with little that stands out. Hell, the most memorable thing about the issue is the subtle nod to G.I.Joe.

Back-issue buy
DC/MARVEL
Batman and Captain America - John Byrne. It was one of the few Marvel and DC crossovers that I didn't have, so I picker it up. It's a light and silly tale... set during World War II. It's really weird when things harken back to the Golden Age, eh?




 
 
 
Jeremy
I'll come back and add reviews at a later date. Illness has put me far behind. That, and a new Xbox 360.

MARVEL
Astonishing X-Men: Ghost Boxes #2 of 2 - Warren Ellis + Clayton Crain/Kaare Andrews. Still not seeing the point, other than for Ellis to find ways to destroy the X-Men.

Captain Britain and MI:13 #8 - Paul Cornell + Leonard Kirk.

House of M: Civil War #4 of 5 - Christos Gage + Andrea DiVito.

Marvels: Eye of the Camera #1 Variant Edition - The pre-colored, advertisement-free copy that includes the script.

Punisher: War Zone #1 of 6 - Garth Ennis + Steve Dillon. A sequel to the brilliantly hilarious "Welcome Back, Frank" story.

Secret Invasion: Dark Invasion one-shot - Brian Michael Bendis + Alex Maleev. Pointless. An entire comic dedicated to something better hinted at than actually shown - a secret gathering of six individuals, most of whom don't say much of anything. And don't get me started on Maleev's criminally bad rendition of Namor because I'm still wondering where the last issue of the Halo mini-series is. These two should have been working on that instead of this piece of crap.

What If? Fallen Son - Marc Sumerak + Trevor Goring. Iron Man dies as a result of Civil War instead of Captain America, but all-in-all it's a fairly forgettable tale.

Wolverine: Flies to a Spider - Gregg Hurwitz + Jerome Opena. Wolvie brutally takes down some bad bikers. Very brutally.

X-Men and Spider-Man #2 of 4 - Christos Gage + Mario Alberti. While Spider-Man is recovering from "Kraven's Last Hunt" the X-Men are licking their wounds from "The Mutant Massacre" - a perfect time to take on the Marauders!

DC
Booster Gold #15 - Dan Jurgens. Still great.

Final Crisis #5 of 7 - Grant Morrison + JG Jones/Carlos Pacheco/Jesus Merino. Still kind of lame.

Green Lantern Corps 31 - Peter J. Tomasi + Patrick Gleason. Still fantastic!

IDW
Transformers: Maximum Dinobots #1 of 5 - Simon Furman + Nick Roche. Bridging some of the gap between Revelations and All Hail Megatron.

back-issue buy
DC
Barman: Snow - Dan Curtis Johnson/J.H. Williams III + Seth Fisher. Collects Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight 192-196. I'm a big fan of Seth Fisher's artwork, the short list of professional work includes such delightfully surreal pieces and Green Lantern: Willworld and Fantastic Four/Iron Man: Big In Japan. I didn't even know about this piece, a retelling of Mr. Freeze's origin, until I happened upon it on the shelf.

 
 
 
Jeremy
 MARVEL
Avengers: The Initiative Special #1 - Christos Gage/Dan Slott and Steve Uy. First we get a tale the reveals the origin of Hardball while having him make one bad decision after the other. Following that are some revelations regarding the past and origin of Trauma. All in all, it's need to know info for the Initiative fan, but only so-so reading for anyone else. And while I like Steve Uy's art, his style may turn off those readers used to classic western styles.

Cable #8 - Duane Swierczynski and Ariel Olivetti. Cable never gets a break, but would we want it any other way?

Daredevil & Captain America: Dead On Arrival - Tito Faraci (adapted by Larry Hama) and Claudio Villa. The story by two Italian creators is a sequel to the first Daredevil comic that Frank Miller illustrated. Villa's art is beautiful but sometimes stiff, while Faraci's story is straightforward yet fitting. All in all, a nice old-school style team-up that takes place back in the pre-Civil War days when the Marvel Universe was a bit more solid. 

Franklin Richards: Sons of Geniuses - Marc Sumerka and Chris Eliopoulos. Fun, fun, fun, with a heaping helping of fun that features more Franklins than you can shake an angry robot at.

House of M: Civil War #3 of 5 - Christos Gage and Andrea DiVito. Magneto takes control of Genosha, and America decides to start playing dirty. Can you say - The Winter Soldier?

Invincible Iron Man #7 - Matt Fraction and Salvador Larroca. Spider-Man shows up for the epilogue to the first arc, unfortunately it's the Spidey of the goddamn Brand New Day bullshit. I was still able to enjoy the issue, but only because of how great the writing and art are. If they had been any less well done, the BND-ness would have ruined it for me. 

Marvel Zombies 3 #2 of 4 - Fred Van Lente and Kev Walker. Brilliant! The best Marvel Zombies series since the original, and if it keeps this up it may surpass that. Machine Man is being handled wonderfully, as I knew he would be with Fred Van Lente writing it. I'm not 100% enamored with Walker's art yet, but it's growing on me. Still, the story and dialog are made of awesome.

Punisher War Journal Annual #1 - Simon Spurrier and Werther Dell'Edera. Simply put, this book is high-larious. Frank trips out on the dreams of a child while he's trying to kill the sick bastards holding her captive and extracting her dreams for drugs. The art perfectly fits the shifting reality of the tale and is a hoot-and-a-half on its own.

Ultimatum #1 of 5 - Jeph Loeb and David Finch. Round one of Magento's world-wide bitch slap kills lots of innocent people, but I'm not assuming any heroes are dead until I see the bodies... and witness the autopsy.

Venom: Dark Origin #4 of 5 - Zeb Wells and Angel Medina. The expanded origin of Venom offers some more insights into both Eddie Brock and the alien symbiote. It doesn't sit perfectly with me, though - the art is over-the-top, even for a Venom story, and some details of the tale contradict the original. I guess that what retcons are all about, eh?

Weapon X: First Class #1 of 3 - Marc Sumerak and Mark Robinson/Tim Seeley. Xavier helps Wolverine explore his hidden past in a story that has more to do with Barry Windsor Smith's Weapon X than it does with Wolverine: Origin. As opposed to Original Sin, this story compliments and expands upon what has come before instead of pulling the hackneyed "All you knew is wrong!" crapolla. The wonderfully illustrated back-up features the first meeting of Xavier and Sabretooth.

Wolverine: Chop Shop - Mike Benson and Roland Boschi. It's a "Tales From The Crypt" style story, featuring Wolverine. Logan decides to take down some organ thieves by offering up himself as bate. As expected, things get messy. Very, very messy. Payback is a short hairy man with built in knives that refuses to die. Baschi's art is a perfect fit for the gruesome tale, and would have worked well in the classic EC comics.

Wonderful Wizard of Oz Sketchbook - Eric Shanower and Skottie Young. A small preview of the upcoming adaptation of L. Frank Baum's classic story. I'm heartily looking forward to it, though I think I'm going to wait for the collected release.

X-Men: Manifest Destiny #3 of 5 - The ongoing Iceman tale by Mike Carey and Michael Ryan continues to be fairly weak, thankfully it's not the only thing here. Marc Guggenheim and Yanick Paquette provide us some insights on Young X-Men's Gramalkin, Chris Yost and Humberto Ramos detail the team's attempts to help Colossus get over losing Kitty.

X-Men and Spider-Man #1 of 4 - Christos Gage and Mario Alberti. A gorgeously illustrated start to the miniseries that will have each issue taking place at a different point in time. This issue occurs back in the bright old sixties, when mutant angst was only a side-note and Gwen Stacy was still kicking it. 

DC
Terra #1 of 4 - Jimmy Palmiotti/Justin Gray and Amanda Conner. I have yet to be impressed by the writing skills of Palmiotti and Gray, but couldn't pass up the Amanda Conner art. I don't know if this Terra has already appeared elsewhere or not, I just hope they keep the tale enjoyably self-contained. 

IDW
Transformers Spotlight: Blurr - Shane McCarthy and Casey Coller. Apologies to Simon Furman, but this is simply the single best issue of TF Spotlight that I have read. McCarthy does an excellent job of not only making a heretofore unremarkably dull character interesting, but also highlighting what makes this character stand apart from the rest. On top of that, not enough can be said about Coller's finely detailed, perfectly scrumptious art.

WILDSTORM
Authority volume 5 #4 - Dan Abnett/Andy Lanning and Simon Coleby. Brilliant, wonderful, and fantastic. Evidently the world had to end for the Authority to be good again... and I'm fine with that.
 
 
 
Jeremy
Small week, but instead of saving money I went and bought some back issues.

MARVEL
Cable #7 - Duane Swierczynski and Ariel Olivetti. This is now moving faster than the first five issue storyline. In this issue alone we have X-Force battling Bishop, Cyclops interrogating Bishop, and Cable living a quiet life in the future just to have it come crashing down. All wonderfully illustrated by Olivetti.

Eternals #5 - Charles & Daniel Knauf and Daniel Acuna. Things go from bad, to heartbreaking, to really bad for everybody in the span of this issue. Still good stuff.

House of M: Civil War #2 of 5 - Christos N. Gage and Andrea DiVito. Magneto's takeover of the world begins.

Punisher: War Journal #24 - unmarked Secret Invasion tie-in. Matt Fraction/Rick Remender and Howard Chaykin. Frank has fun taking out wave after wave of free and clear targets, but not everything is fun and games as Stuart Clark finds out what happened to Tatiana.

Venom: Dark Origin #3 of 5 - Zeb Wells and Angel Medina. The joining of Brock and the suit is shown in detail. Angel is at his McFarlane-clone best.

IDW PRESS
Transformers: Saga of the Allspark #4 of 4 - Simon Furman and Boo & Staz Johnson. More prequel goodies from England. Too bad they aren't tied into a fairly crappy continuity.

WILDSTORM
Authority: Prime #1-6 of 6 - Christos N Gage and Derrick Robertson. It's The Authority versus Stormwatch in a no-holds barred battle of heavy duty action, but I was still disappointed. With the other things I've read by these creators I expected more than just one long fight sequence. I heard that this series wasn't much more than a fill-in piece making up for how behind Grant Morrison's series was, and the lack of complexity verifies it.

Authority volume 5 #1-3 - Dan Abnett & Andy Lanning and Simon Coleby. On the other hand, this new ongoing series set in the powerless, post-apocalyptical World's End reality is one of the best things I've read in a long time. The few scenes between Apollo and Midnighter were so touching and rang so true with their love for each other that they brought tears to my eyes. Meanwhile, Coleby's art works perfectly for the depressed tone of the tale. The only downside is that four pages of story are sacrificed towards company-wide continued back-up tales. Still, I highly recommend this to anyone that enjoyed the Authority in the beginning but lost interest in it with the crap that was produced over the years,

 
 
 
Jeremy
Yep, last one for the day. Sorry about filling your friends page. You know how it is.

MARVEL
Black Panther Annual #1 – It’s the history of the future in the making, as Storm tells a tale to her son that spans centuries past to years yet to come. By Reginald Hudlin, Larry Stroman, and Ken Lashley.

Captain America #35 – Continues to be more awesome than it deserves to be, all thanks to Ed Brubaker.

Daredevil #105 – There is no way to win against a man that truly is without fear.

House of M: Avengers #5 of 5 – A satisfying conclusion to the series by Christos Gage and Mike Perkins.

Marvel Zombies 2 #5 of 5 – A not-nearly as satisfying conclusion to the tale by Robert Kirkman and Sean Phillips. It just kind of, hey, what? Yeah.

New Warriors #9 – The better artist (Ian Medina) is back, but the point is that the new Night Thrasher is as much of a dick as the original one.

She-Hulk #26 – I miss the laugh out loud funny, but Peter David is definitely providing the kick-ass cool.

Thor #6 – The tales in the diner are simply wonderful, but then the reader is let down when the book goes back into move-the-plot-along mode.

Ultimate Fantastic Four #51 – The art is a little better this time around than it was last issue, but Mike Carey’s story deserved to have been done by an artist with better storytelling capabilities.

World War Hulk Aftersmash: Damage Control #2 of 3 – Equally as awesomely hilarious as the funniest issues of Cable & Deadpool. You don’t need to have read World War Hulk to enjoy this amusing series.

X-Men: First Class #9 – Marvel Girl, The Scarlet Witch, and the Black Widow make three. With a Colleen Coover mini-comic! Yay! Do the happy dance!!!

X-Men: Legacy #208 – Wow, this series has now had three different titles. They must be working on some kind of record. Anyway, I still don’t like Scot Eaton’s art, but at least there are flashbacks drawn by John Romita Jr. that make it worthwhile. How this exploration of Xavier’s memories will end up, though, remains to be seen.

Young Avengers Presents #2 of 6 – Yes, he’s called Hulkling, and yes, that name is simply gawdawful, but it’s a well written tale by Brian Reed that quite simply had to happen.

ICARUS PUBLISHING
Juicy Fruits – Naughty manga. VERY naughty manga. Oh, geez, this stuff is really, really dirty. Excuse me a minute.

IDW PRESS
Doctor Who #1 – The tenth doctor, as illustrated by Nick Roche, is one maniacal lookin’ motha. I think I’m going to keep picking it up, though.

Transformers: Devastation #6 of 6 – And things for Earth go from worse to, uhm, even worse as the Autobots leave the humans to fend for themselves.

TITAN BOOKS
Nemi – A hardcover collection of Lise Myhre’s Norwegian comic strip starring the cutely tough goth with a mind of her own. 
 
 
 
Jeremy
Let's just call it Avengers Week. You'll see why.

MARVEL
Avengers: The Initiative #9 – The best Avengers title out there doesn’t have a single one of the “heavy hitters” in it, what it has going for it is the wonderful writing of Dan Slott and Christos Gage. These guys are capable of taking a bunch of C- (or below) List characters, and as well as new ones, and make the book sing. Be careful, though, as the problem with such wonderful characterization is that it hurts more when the characters get killed off.

Captain America #34 – The new Captain America is in action for the first time… as Cap, anyways. Brubaker keeps the edge of your seat intensity way beyond the levels of 24 (you know, the TV show) with one challenge after another for the cast.

Daredevil #104 – The Hood and Mr. Fear meet face-to-face, which is probably going to mean even more bad news for DD.

Fantastic Four #553 – McDuffie ends his wonderful run with some nicely character-driven high-action fights. I’m really nervous about what new writer Mark Millar is going to do to the team, he has a track record of putting more importance on the cool wow factor than on keeping with established characterization.

House of M: Avengers #4 of 5 – I love a good alternate world tale, and this is a good one.

Mighty Avengers #8 – It’s finally time to see the Mighty Avengers’ side of the V-Virus attack, months after the New Avengers’ side of the tale, and it slams past so quickly it’s barely a blip on the radar. The series is becoming one let down after the next, and it’s frustrating since the writer, Bendis, is good and his artists, Cho and now Bagley, are also quite good. Is it time to start blaming the editors?

New Avengers Annual #2 – See, there’s been a lot of Avengers this week, eh? Anyway, this finishes up the Hood storyline from New Avengers in a story too big to be told in the regular series. Heavy on the action, it’s still a satisfying finale that leaves a couple of good follow-up threads open.

Super-Villain Team-Up: MODOK’s 11 #1-5 of 5 – I finally broke down and picked up the entire series, and boy was I glad I did. Hilariously written by Fred van Lente (Action Philosophers, Incredible Hercules) and beautifully illustrated by Francis Portela, the series is purely entertaining from start to finish. This is another brilliantly well-done usage of characters that have been languishing in comic limbo for a while, and that no one had missed, but now I’m hoping for more.

Ultimate Secrets – Another file-filled tome of nerdy goodness.

Ultimate X-Men #90 – Robert Kirkman continues to thrill me each month on this series, I’m quite upset to find out this is going to be his final arc on the book. I’ll just have to enjoy it while it lasts.

What If? Spider-Man versus Wolverine – Jeff Parker (Walk In, X-Men: First Class, Agents of Atlas) & Paul Tobin (Banana Sundays) prove their dark action chops with a story playing off the classic Spider-Man vs. Wolverine bookshelf of two decades ago. Clayton Henry’s art works, but I can’t help wishing that it had been inked by Klaus Janson to give it that eighties vibe.

X-Men: Emperor Vulcan #5 of 5 – I hate Vulcan. I hate Vulcan. I hate Vulcan…

BROADSWORD
Tarot: Witch of the Black Rose #48 - A nice retelling of the origin of Raven Hex that reminds you that no matter how justified some of her actions are… she’s still kinda creepy and crazy. Let’s hope she never meets Dan Schaffer’s Dogwitch.

DC
Black Adam #6 of 6 – As you may have surmised, it all ends in tears. Never trust a crazy ass evil villain, even if you can pulp his head with your pinky.

Green Lantern #27 – The Alpha Lanterns are revealed, and all I can say is “Damn, those little blue Oan guys are just asking for trouble.” Mike McKone was a great choice of artists as he can keep an issue visually interesting even though it was almost entirely just people talking to each other.

IMAGE
Bomb Queen III: Bombshell – The Good, The Bad & The Lovely – Jimmie Robinson’s stories of a town ruled over by a sex and violence obsessed villainess are funny, but can leave you with a bit of a guilty, icky feeling. This collection reduces that somewhat by treating “the good” and “the lovely” characters as three dimensional ones, and not just the cliché punching bags as in the previous volumes.

VIRGIN
India Authentic #9 – This issue focuses on Kartikkeya, the god of war, and does a good job of introducing him, his purpose, and his contradictions. And like usual, it leaves me wanting to see more of him. 


 
 
What I'm hearing: Cyan - "Holocaust of Love"
 
 
 
Jeremy
MARVEL
Amazing Spider-Man 545 – One More Day part 4 of 4. That’s it. I’m not reading Amazing Spider-Man for the foreseeable future. I was looking forward to the new way they are going to do it, three issues a month with a new creative team after every story arc, but nope, this ends it for me.
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Avengers: The Initiative #8 – From the lows to the highs, we get one of the best issues of an already fantastic series. The characterization of the O’Grady Ant-Man (late of The Irredeemable Ant-Man) is spot on, and hilarious. Meanwhile we’ve got some scary stuff going down. It all adds up to being the best Avengers series being produced right now.

Black Panther #33 – It may be done in the regular series, but the New Fantastic Four fun continues on here with lots & lots of Skrulls. Oh, and don’t forget Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X. I kid you not.

Captain America #33 – This issue is the set up and pitch for next month’s debut of the new Captain America. Yeah, it was an obvious choice, and the only one that wouldn’t result in massive backlash. Me? I’m looking forward to it. Then again, Brubaker has been keeping this series consistently exciting for quite a while.

Daredevil #103 – And Brubaker continues to keep Daredevil quite good, as well.

Fantastic Four: Isle de la Muerte! – Tom Beland and Juan Doe deliver a nice jolt of the funny that has some really good character moments between Ben and Sue. Highly recommended. Come on, it’s only a one shot. Hey, you may even be able to find one of the Spanish versions and call it educational.

Giant-Size Avengers #1 (2008) – Half new material and half reprints, but it’s all good. I’m unfamiliar with some of the writers and artists on the new material, but they all turned out nice work ranging from fun to touching, but mostly fun.

House of M: Avengers #3 of 5 – Frank Castle in the House of M is more sad than tragic, but he’s still cool.

Hulk vs. Fin Fang Foom – Peter David and Jorge Lucas deliver the match nobody asked for, the green skinned monster in purple pants versus the green skinned monster in purple pants. Guess what? It lots of fun. And includes a reprint of FFF’s first appearance, in which he was yellow instead of green.

Marvel Zombies 2 # 3 of 5 – More flesh eating fun than should be allowed in a Marvel comic. This series, I have to say, is much better than the first in terms of complex character conflict.

New Warriors #7 – I don’t like the new artist, Jon Malin, so hopefully he’s just filling in, but the writing by Grevioux is still solid.

Thor #5 – It’s good and I’m enjoying it, but I’d really like to see it move along a little faster.

Ultimate Fantastic Four #49 – The Red Ghost… a character not worth getting the Ultimate treatment. I’m more interested in the next issue.

Ultimate Power #9 of 9 – OK, two questions: 1) Is Squadron Supreme ever going to be finished, then? 2) Since this seems to obviously take place before Ultimates 3 then where is …….. during that series?

X-Men #206 – Messiah Complex part 9. Curiouser and curiouser.

X-Men: Emperor Vulcan #4 of 5 – If not for Havok and Marvel Girl I wouldn’t be buying this series because Vulcan is one loserific bitch. Too bad he has so much power.

X-Men: First Class #7 – Big action issue with ties to later continuity (keep an eye on Angel).

X-Men: Messiah Complex Mutant Files – More files on characters to keep my nerd muscles firm.

DC
52 Aftermath: The Four Horsemen #5 of 6 – Still awesome after all these issues, but of course it is, it’s written by Giffen.

Green Lantern #26 – The question on the cover may not be answered, but it’s still a good issue. And Mike McKone’s art is always appreciated.

Green Lantern/Sinestro Corps Secret Files & Origins – Over 200 character bios! It’s geektastic.

DDP
Storm Shadow #7 – Thanks to Larry Hama, this series is still kicking more ass than anybody else.

IDW
Dominatrix #5 – From kicking ass to beating it, this series doesn’t hesitate to throw a curve as often as it can. It’s a nice change of pace to read a series and have absolutely no idea where things are going or what can happen next.
 
 
What I'm hearing: Katamari
 
 
 
Jeremy
MARVEL
Annihilation: Conquest #2 of 6 -  Abnett & Lanning, with artist Tom Raney, continue to impress me. The fact that something that's this big and has been going on this long can still be extremely compelling and chock full of surprises is simply an accomplishment and a half.

Avengers: The Initiative Annual #1 - Five short stories that provide us with origins or hidden scenes for four members of the Initiative, as well as the first appearance of Pennsylvania's official superheroes, the Liberteens. (Yes, I'm pretty sure the name is supposed to induce eye rolling.) More than that, though, is more fun with Skrull infiltrators.

House of M: Avengers #2 of 5 - In the immortal words of Cartman, "kick ass!" Christos Gage and Mike Perkins have taken what could have been a lame-duck pointless series and made it highly entertaining.

Howard the Duck #3 of 4 - Speaking of ducks, and, no, that was not an intentional segway, I'm treated to more of the pastel portrayal of my hometown of Cleveland by Juan Bobillo. Oooh, and She-Hulk. Ty Templeton's indictment of media's power over the masses isn't even a subtext at this point, but that's just fine with me.

The Order #5 - A fantastic mix of action, humor, and drama, this series desperately needs to have more attention paid to it by the readers.

Silver Surfer: In Thy Name #2 of 4 - Only halfway through and I'm ready to buy the collected edition when it come out. I don't know where Simon Spurrier came from but I hope he sticks around. And I'm always delighted to see Tan Eng Huat's art. This would make a great movie...hint hint Avi.

Ultimates 3 #1 of 5 - Jeph Loeb and Joe Madureira start things off with a bang, a number of them in fact. I can't really talk about any of the plot points without ruining things for people that haven't read it yet, but the art is amazing and I'm hoping that the questionable things in the writing get resolved.

Ultimate X-Men #88 - Robert Kirkman is writing it, what else do you need to know?

Uncanny X-Men #493 - Messiah Complex part 6. Why is everybody so quick to think the worst of Cable? Geez louise, people, isn't that what X-Cutioner's Song was all about?

What If? X-Men - Rise and Fall of the Shi'ar Empire - Bitch-boy Vulcan gains the power of the Phoenix in this destructive tale by Chris Yost and Larry Stroman. I've got to say that I'm glad to see Larry's art again, as well as the little tie-in to Annihilation. Yost was a good choice for writer since he's also penning the X-Men: Emperor Vulcan miniseries, and he's included some characterization here that may make dislike the character marginally less.

World War Hulk: Aftersmash - By Greg Pak and Rafa Sandoval, it's a well done epilogue to the series that picks up things from a good variety of the crossovers. It also includes a priceless Mini Marvels version of World War Hulk by Chris Giarrusso. "I want to hear the haiku again!"

X-Men: Die By The Sword #4 of 5 - With a title like that, you know that this will all end in tears.

DARK HORSE COMICS
Buffy The Vampire Slayer #9 - Brian K Vaughan winds up his run mini-run.

DEVILS DUE PRESS
Storm Shadow #6 - The art got a little rough/rushed towards the end, but it's still a fine issue of ninja bad-assness.

IDW
30 Days of Night: Beyond Barrow #2 of 4 - Legendary Bill Sienkiewicz provides the art for a story that introduces a new threat in the 30 Days of Night universe.

TOP SHELF PRODUCTIONS
Owly: A Time To Be Brave - The fourth graphic novel in Andy Runton's series about the kindest Owl ever is unbelievably cute and sweet without the slightest bit of narration or dialog. Recommended for kids and adults alike.